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By Alison Donnellan 16 February 2020 4 min read

We’re world leaders in data science research and engineering and trusted advisers to government, business and academia. Our researchers are renowned experts in their fields, and the calibre and depth of their work is what provides us with our competitive advantage.

Meet: Dr Marthie Grobler, Senior Research Scientist and Supervisor of the Human Centric Cybersecurity team.

What they do: Marthie is passionate about making cybersecurity more accessible for people as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She is passionate about enhancing people’s ability to use connected technology more powerfully in an ever-connected world, focusing on translating cybersecurity skills to a more digestible format that can easily be adopted by technology users. Presently, she leads the teams' work on cybersecurity governance, policies and awareness, and also guides and teaches the group's extended group of PhD students.

Meet: Dr Mahesh Prakash, Senior Principal Research Scientist

What they do: Mahesh leads a group of Scientists, Engineers and Software Professionals who develop and apply a diverse range of modelling and analytics techniques for urban environmental applications with a key focus on emergency and disaster management. His scientific and technical interests are in urban flood modelling, geospatial big data analytics and the confluence between environmental research (including climate change and climate change related risk) and technology including how an integrated approach could be applied to resolving some of the intractable challenges associated with deploying these tools for real world applications

Meet: Dr Paul Tyler, Data Privacy Team Leader

What they do: Paul is a Principle Research Engineer with Data61’s Information Security and Privacy Group and leads the Data Privacy team. He and his team focus on understanding the privacy risks of data while researching and developing methods and tools for controlling these risks. Paul is currently involved in a number of projects around privacy and re-identification, one of which exposed a Public Transport Victoria dataset leak that revealed the records of roughly 1.5billion myki trips.

Meet: Dr Sue Keay, Research Director of Cyber-Physical Systems.

What they do: Sue leads the Cyber-Physical System team in bringing together the digital and physical worlds to make a difference to Australia. She oversees major research investments that involve more than 100 researchers and 50 PhD researchers covering micro-sensing, signal processing, communication systems, distributed sensor systems, robotics, networks and smart vision. Sue develops the scientific vision and direction of the research laboratory, managing and developing world-class science capability. Ensuring the group’s science is globally competitive and addresses meaningful problems in the market.

Meet: Dr Guido Governatori, Group Leader  of Software Systems.

What they do: Guido's teams research involve logic and reasoning and how to use them for applications in the domains of normative reasoning, business processes and multi-agent systems.

His aim is to provide conceptually sound model for formalisation in the above domains.  His specialties include artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, normative reasoning and business process compliance in the digital and physical worlds.

Meet: Dr Ulrich Engelke, Senior Research Scientist and Project Leader of Immersive Analytics.

What they do:  Ulrich and his team work at the interface between humans and data. They design and evaluate interactive systems and methods the enable an efficient path from data to insight for improved decision making.  His reseach focuses specifically on Visual analytics and information visualisation techniques, Immersive analytics through virtual and mixed reality interfaces and quantitative user experience and task performance evaluation.   Ulrich’s application areas lie mainly within earth and environmental sciences. Through his work in these areas, Ulrich hopes to make a positive impact on the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

Meet: Dr Amir Dezfouli, Research Scientist of Machine Learning.

What they do:  Amir's career has been centred around advanced machine learning methods with applications in health, behaviouralanalytics, scientific discovery and smart infrastructure . His experience includes academic research in machine learning and translating the results to applied domains.  Within the Foundation and Methods Machine Learning Research Group at CSIRO, his team develops machine learning methods for robust decision-making, scientific discovery and behavioural analytics. The developed methods span areas such as reinforcement-learning, deep learning, and probabilistic inference.

Meet: James Sharp, Research Engineer of Oceans and Atmosphere.

What they do: James and his team have developed technology to measure the bio-parameters of fish in different environments whether it's in the wild or in an aquaculture environment, such as a salmon pen or tuna cage.  This technology can even see the effects of global warming, rising ocean temperatures, and pollution. The fishbit technology enables people to measure these stresses and respond to them.  Sound wave technology is used because it propogates well through sea water.  Existing wireless communication technologies are incompatible to be used underwater.  Aside from fish,  the telemetry of data under water has other potential applications, such as tracking the safety of divers, for instance.

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